PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course

PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course
Summer Seminar 2020 - Lucca, Italy, July 6 th to 18 th 2020

Come and study how to write opera in Lucca, the city of Giacomo Puccini

The PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course is addressed to composers (both with or without an academic degree) willing to investigate thoroughly all compositional techniques in use in opera writing today, focusing both on the Italian tradition and on the genre’s contemporary international developments.
The course’s aim is to hand down the great opera tradition, having as a target the creation of new operas, bridging the past and the future in a new and enthralling vision.

Participants will get to a deeper understanding of the various aspects of composing for opera theatre.
- At the end of the course, each participant must submit a complete pre-project for a new chamber opera, writing a section or a full score for voice and piano (at least 25 minutes)
- The best projects will be selected to be performed as mise-en-scene at the ‘PUCCINI Chamber Opera Festival 2021’ in collaboration with Teatro del Giglio of Lucca
- All scores produced will be published and recorded video/audio by EMA Vinci

Applicants must submit the following materials for selection:
- CV
- Project scheme of a chamber opera for max 1 voice and piano
- Full score and audio file of an orchestral or chamber composition*
- Full score or voice/piano score and audio file of a vocal composition* (*midi files can be accepted)

All materials must be e-mailed to ioccpuccini@gmail.com

Submission deadline April, 30th 2020
Eligible composers will be contacted by May, 15th 2020.
Committee selection:
- Francesco Cipriano (President of Cluster)
- Girolamo Deraco
- Antonio Agostini
Knowledge of English or Italian language is required

A minimum of 4 eligible composers is required for the course to start

- 12 days of classes

- group and individual classes
- lectures by Guest Artists
Main subjects

- Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco

- Invited composer: Miguel Galperin
- Traditional operatic and contemporary singing: Maria Elena Romanazzi
- Graphic scores for opera: Luigi Esposito
- Analysis: Antonio Agostini, Stefano Teani
- The theatre as a music box: Aldo Tarabella
- ‘The librettist, this unknown’: Gabriele Micheli

Opera composition: Girolamo Deraco
Individual classes
- Elements of instrumental composition
- Elements of vocal composition

- Elements of orchestration

- Elements of playwriting for the opera
Group classes

- Composition of operatic elements

- Musictheater (“opera” applied to instrumental writing, with or without voice)
- Chamber Opera, Opera elements of analysis, Musical perception
Lectures by Guest Artists

- ‘Traditional operatic and contemporary singing’ Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano)
- ‘My Opera’ visiting composer Miguel Galperin (Composer, Artistic Director CTCE teatro Colon)
- ‘Graphic scores for opera’ Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer/Pianist and Writer)
- Analysis of ‘Il Prigioniero – Luigi Dallapiccola’ Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
- Analysis of ‘Areas’ Stefano Teani (Composer, Pianist)
- ‘The Theatre as a music box’ Aldo Tarabella (Opera Director, Composer, Artistic Director of the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca)
- ‘How to finalize an opera project’ Girolamo Deraco
- ‘Il librettista, questo sconosciuto (The librettist, this unknown’): Gabriele Micheli (Librettist, Pianist, Conductor)

VENUES (all venues are situated in the historical center of Lucca)
The course will take place at:
- Banca Del Monte di Lucca Foundation palace
- ‘Giacomo Puccini’ Foundation
- Teatro del Giglio

July 6 th to 23 th 2019

Participants: € 1.500,00
Auditors: € 250,00

Travel, accommodation and food are not included in costs.

Three scholarships will be assigned after a selection by the committee of the course.
- ‘Giacomo Puccini’ € 500,00
- ‘Alfredo Catalani’ € 500,00
- ‘Luigi Boccherini’ € 500,00

Lucca is an important music cultural and tourist destination. Very important composers were born in the city, such as: Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani and many others.
Lucca is easily accessible by train from international airports in Rome and Milan, or can be reached from regional airports in Pisa, Florence, with trains and buses connections.
Lucca is also close to many touristic places such as: Pisa (30 minutes), Florence (1.5 hours), Cinque Terre (2 hours), Siena (2.5 hours), Rome (3 hours), and Viareggio (30 minutes - the ‘beach’ of Lucca).

The course will include a free entrance at the Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, Lucca (the house where Giacomo Puccini was born)

For further information (travel & lodging, classes and program details, food discounts...)
Cristina Rosamilia: ioccpuccini@gmail.com

30 Apr 2020
Euro (EUR)